Making the Best Choice: 5 Factors to Consider in Finding the Ideal Orthodontist

Mar 3, 2023 | Orthodontics

Thinking of straightening those pearly whites? It’s a wise choice that will not only boost your oral health but also give your confidence a major lift! Finding the perfect orthodontist can be a real headache, though it’s vital for ensuring a successful outcome. In this blog post, we’ll unpack why finding the ideal orthodontist who ticks all the boxes is important – from their experience and credentials to their treatment approach and options. So, if you want to achieve that perfect smile, keep reading!


#1 Experience and Credentials


You want to avoid settling for just any dentist when it comes to orthodontic treatments like fixed braces or Invisalign. You need someone with the right expertise and experience to give you the best possible care and outcome. If you’re considering Invisalign, it’s essential to find a qualified Invisalign provider like our very own Dr Robert Hardy. And if fixed braces are more suitable for your case, look for a dentist with specialised training in orthodontics and a proven track record of success. The good news is that this information should be readily available online – just head to the ‘Meet the Team‘ section of the dental practice’s website. There, you’ll find all the details you need on each dentist’s qualifications and specialities to make an informed choice. Call the practice to book a consultation if you can’t find this information online. 


At Shields Dental & Orthodontic Clinic, we’re proud to have Dr Raksha Batajoo as our Specialist Orthodontist. Raksha holds a Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry degree from the University of Medicine and Pharmacy and has completed a 3-year postgraduate training in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. She’s now on the Specialist Orthodontist register in Ireland–so you can rest assured that you’re in great hands!


#2 Their Approach


A dentist’s approach to treatment is just as crucial as their qualifications. Orthodontic treatment is a highly personalised process, and the best dentists understand this. Look for providers who take the time to evaluate your unique situation and create a bespoke treatment plan that meets your needs.


Beware of dentists who offer a one-size-fits-all solution without understanding your case and goals. At our practice, we offer free treatment consultations to all our patients so that we can get to know you and your circumstances better and direct you to the best solution for your case.


But that’s not all – feeling comfortable and confident with your dentist is also essential. You’ll be spending a lot of time with this person over the next few years, so it’s crucial that you feel at ease in their presence. That’s why your first visit to our practice is about building rapport and confidence. A good dentist will always take the time to get to know you, understand your goals and concerns, and create a treatment plan tailored to your needs. With us, you can be sure that you’re getting the best possible treatment and a friendly, supportive, and personalised experience.


#3 Treatment Options


Orthodontic treatment isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. That’s why it’s crucial to choose a dental practice with expertise in various areas of orthodontics, allowing them to provide you with the best treatment that fits your case, budget, and lifestyle preferences.


At Shields Dental & Orthodontic Clinic, we have a range of solutions to suit every patient and case in Blackrock, Roscrea, Castletroy, and Limerick. Whether you’re looking for Invisalign, fixed metal braces, ceramic braces, six-month smiles, or children’s orthodontics, we have you covered. Our diligent dentists will work with you to find the right solution that meets your needs and achieves the best possible outcome.


#4 Their Communication Style/Bedside Manner


Thorough, honest communication and a positive attitude can significantly enhance your treatment experience. Every patient should feel empowered and informed throughout their straightening journey. That’s why we prioritise open communication and transparency.


We’ll keep you informed at every stage of your treatment, whether through clear verbal communication or visual technology like the Invisalign ClinCheck software. This software generates a short 3D animation that gives you a preview of your predicted Invisalign treatment results. This way, you’ll have a clear idea of what to expect and can ask any questions you may have.


We understand that orthodontic treatment can be long, often lasting up to three years. That’s why we also prioritise a positive bedside manner to help you stay motivated and confident throughout your journey. Every step forward is a step closer to achieving your dream smile, and we’re here to support you every step of the way.


#5 Cost


Straightening your teeth is a big investment in your oral health, and finding a dental practice that provides financing options is essential, so you don’t feel like you have to compromise on the quality of care you receive. Your health and well-being should always come first.


We understand the importance of affordability and transparency at Shields. That’s why we offer a range of financing options, including 0% buy now, pay later plans, so the cost of treatment doesn’t stand in the way of your dream smile and optimal dental care. Plus, some of our packages even include free whitening treatment to enhance your beautiful, straight smile.


Final Thoughts


Finding the ideal orthodontist to straighten your teeth is a significant decision that deserves careful thought. To ensure the best possible care for your smile, seek a qualified professional who takes a personalised approach to treatment, communicates effectively and makes you feel comfortable and confident. It’s essential to ask questions, do your research, and trust your instincts when making this critical choice. By finding the right dentist, you can achieve your dream smile and improve your oral health with confidence.


Contact our lovely team at 061 539034 or book online for a complimentary orthodontic consultation. For further enquiries, book to chat with our Treatment Coordinator, Kelly Wallace


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